Canned Green Beans Recalled After Church Group Finds Snake Head

How many snakes do you see on this can? Zero. (Fox 13)

How many snakes do you see on this can? Zero. (Fox 13)

A church youth group in Utah was cooking meals for the seniors of their community when they found an unexpected ingredient: their leader found a snake’s head among the green beans. The company, Western Family, a supplier of store-brand products to has now announced a recall of that lot of beans, since no customer wants to find the rest of that snake.

The woman who bought the can leads the girls’ youth group at her church, and bought about 30 cans of green beans for a meal that they were cooking for local senior citizens. When she was removing the beans from the pot, something didn’t look right.

“It looked pretty much like a burnt bean,” she told TV station KSL. “And then as I got closer to lift it off the spoon, I saw eyes. … That’s when I just dropped it and screamed.” That’s a reasonable reaction. The leaders threw out all the beans they had cooked, and the teens took pictures of the snake with their phones. As one would expect.



The leader who had purchased the beans brought the snake head and one of the cans back to the grocery store, where they issued her a refund for all the cans she had purchased. Separately, she reported the snake and sent a photo to Western Family as well, and the company began investigating.

“Foreign matter is not something we take lightly. We want to know what it is, and we will immediately research and do any level of correction as we can,” the chief financial officer of Western Family told TV station KSL last week when the snake story first broke.

Since then, local media in Utah are reporting that the company recalled the green beans, but they haven’t posted specific information on the lot numbers that were recalled yet. We’ll post that when we find it, since the only thing worse than finding an animal in your food is finding part of an animal in your food.

Western Family recalls lot of green beans after Utah woman finds snake head [Fox 13] (Thanks, Anthony!)
Snake head found in Farmington woman’s can of green beans [KSL]